Darren Bent claims that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has opened “a can of worms” at the club after his statements on the Lilywhites’ spending power in the transfer market.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England striker says that manager Mauricio Pochettino might be making some hefty demands of the boardroom in north London after the senior figure’s comments on the club’s finances.
Speaking about the restructuring of repayments for the club’s new stadium, Levy stated that Tottenham “Could have easily spent more money on players” in the transfer window, with just three new arrivals through the door over the summer.
Bent says that such a claim is only going to pile pressure on the senior figure when the January window comes around, insisting that Pochettino could demand more funds when it comes to recruitment.
Bent told Football Insider: “It’s a strange statement, he can say it now because the window’s shut. What he’s done now is open a can of worms because soon as January comes around, is Spurs aren’t in the mix, Pochettino will say: ‘If you’re saying we can spend more, sign this player, this player and this player.’
“That’s what I would do, if Levy’s saying we could have spent a lot more in the summer, I’d be like: ‘I need this player, this player and this player in these positions.’
“It’s funny Daniel Levy coming out and saying that, if you need to spend more, go and spend more, people say you don’t need to spend money to win but if they’ve got any expectation to get to where they need to get to…”
Tottenham signed Tanguy Ndombele, Jack Clarke and Giovani Lo Celso during the summer transfer, the latter arriving on a season-long loan deal with an option to turn the move permanent.
Clarke meanwhile has moved back to Leeds United on loan for the 2019/20 campaign, although he has struggled for game time during the opening weeks of the season.